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2019: A year in pictures

By Andrew Horton | 18 Dec 2019

A look back at some of the images that defined key moments for Tearfund in 2019.

A look back at some of the images that defined key moments for Tearfund in 2019.

Responding to a cyclone
A member of the community in Sofala province, Mozambique, carries aid items distributed by Tearfund partner CEDES after Cyclone Idai. 

The cyclone tore through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe in March, with an estimated three million people affected. Close to 1,000 deaths were recorded and many more were injured. People lost homes, possessions, livelihoods and hope. 

Tearfund responded immediately and worked with our partners to meet people’s most urgent needs. (Photo: David Mutua/Tearfund)

Cyclone Idai response

Venezuelans find refuge in Colombia
Fernanda, a five-year-old Venezuelan migrant, is checked over by a doctor in Villa Caracas, Colombia. 

Working with a local church, Tearfund partner Concilo Hermanos Unidos en Cristo provides food vouchers to families, runs children’s clubs, and provides medical assistance in Villa Caracas. It’s one of the main arrival locations for Venezuelans who have fled a country facing an economic and political crisis. (Photo: Peter Caton/Tearfund)

Venezuela migrant child

Syria destruction
Ruined buildings remain in a city in north-west Syria after nearly nine years of bitter conflict.

Tearfund has mostly been working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan – providing food and shelter, and offering trauma counselling. Meeting people’s immediate needs has been vital, and this will continue inside Syria, where over six million people are still displaced. 

In 2019 we became registered to set up an office in Syria. It means we can work with local partners and employ local people who know their country better than anybody.

Bombed Syria street

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Written by Andrew Horton

Andrew is Online News and Film Editor for Tearfund. This involves finding and writing up inspiring articles for the website, and capturing compelling stories on video.

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